Norma Smith

March 24, 1935 ‒ June 25, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Norma Smith passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in her home surrounded by her family. She was 84.

She was born March 24, 1935 to parents Scott & Gladys (Reynolds) Braden in Ashland. Norma graduated from Ashland High School.

Following a Christmas Eve proposal, Norma married James Reed “Jim” Smith on May 17, 1957, and the pair settled on Jim’s parent’s farm outside of Bellville and they shared 57 wonderful years of marriage until he passed away in 2014. Now they are together again.

She was a member of the Legion, Amvets and VFW auxiliary. She previously attended Paradise Hill United Methodist Church in Ashland and use to sing and play the piano there.

Norma was a homemaker and was always taking care of her family. She enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards and in younger years she enjoyed square dancing. Norma was a good cook and was known to have the best chocolate cake.

She is survived by four sons (and their wives): Craig (Teresa) Smith, Bob (Vickie) Smith, Rod Smith, and Dwayne Smith; four grandchildren: Jordan Smith, James Smith, Sarah Smith, and Ryan Smith; brother Dale (Sue) Braden; sisters-in-law Gladys Beal and Sandra Bowman; brothers-in-law Lee Smith, Al (Linda) Smith Danny (Deb) Smith; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Donna Speigle and Mary Ross; sisters-in-law Naomi Hildebrand and Nancy Cole; brothers-in-law Dwight Smith, Ray Smith, Earl (Sherry) Smith and Elmer Smith.

The Smith family will receive friends Friday, June 28, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Norma’s life will be held Saturday beginning promptly at 11 a.m. Pastor Carol Kilgore will speak. Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Worthington Township Fire & Rescue Squad or the Clear Fork Nutrition Center.

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  • Bob,

    I am so sad to hear about your mom. There is no doubt in my mind that she was a great person, wife and mother from knowing you for so many years. We will be thinking about you and your great family.

  • Dear Smith family:
    I am so sorry for your loss! Norma was a wonderful lady and her legacy lives on in all of you! I am praying for God’s peace and comfort for all of you! She is with her husband again and no longer suffering!

  • Craig
    Im so sorry for.your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • My deepest condolences to the Smith family, I’m so sorry for your loss, Hugs and prayers.

  • Craig,Bobby,Rod,Dwayne and families we are sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very nice lady. Rick and Toni

  • So sorry for your loss. I loved your mom so much, we had a lot of good times together at the Amvets. She always brought a smile to my face and a lot of laughter when she came in. Sure will miss her.

  • Craig, Bingo, Rod, Dwayne,
    Your mom will be missed! Much love and prayers for all your families! I can’t think of the words to say except what a GREAT re-union and one huge party we’ll have when we all get to heaven!!
    love, Jeanne

  • Craig, Rod, Dwayne. So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. You and your families will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob – I am very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • So sorry for your last of your mother. She was a wonderful woman and a good friend to my parents. God be with your family at this time.

  • So sorry to hears of Norma’s passing , she was a nice lady and enjoyed many conversations with her. She will be missed! RIP

  • To the Smith family:

    Please accept our sincere condolences at the loss of your Mom, Grandma and friend. Bruce and she always greeted each other with ” Hi, cuz!” Although we’re not sure if they were truly related.

    She will be sorely missed. However, we rejoice that she and Jim are together again. We would love to have her back, but not suffering the way she was.

    We hope your happy memories will help to sustain you during this difficult time.

    All our best,
    Bruce & Margaret Braden

  • There is no doubt that your Mother will remain in your hearts forever. You are her legacy and the good works you do are a reflection of her . I believe that you will be/are receiving some comfort by all the outpouring of love and support from your friends, neighbors and relatives in the Valley. Sending a long-distance handshake & hug your way.
    Jerry & Jan Marshall

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Your mom will be missed. John 3:16

  • So sorry for the loss of your mother. May your happy memories give you comfort at this difficult time.

  • We wish to send our thoughts and prayers to all of Norma’s family.
    She will be missed by many. May you find comfort in fond memories
    of her.

  • So sorry for your loss. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Eric & Laurie Winbigler